Steve Hammond , our charming Englishman, answers a few questions in between his busy schedule in Nepal. Tell us why you like guiding for Water By Nature? Morocco, Zambezi ,Turkey and Nepal! What amazing places to have your work!! It still blows me away that i get to go to all these amazing countries and get paid for it. Living the dream! This is a very hard question to answer in such few words, but the people , culture, the remoteness of the rivers, the diversity of each and every country and of course the epic rafting and kayaking. I’m in a job that I love and try to excel myself on each and every trip! It’s an amazing opportunity that i grasp with both hands. Best moment on a river trip? OK an easy one!! I met my wonderful fiancee Stacey on the Mighty Zambezi. That trip was epic ! Favorite guides to work with and why? I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people from all different walks of life. The experience and humor of working with my boss, Hamish is always mega-fun. Lovemore’s singing and happiness, always a joy to run rivers with him. Stan’s … Continue reading
For those of you heading out to Morocco later in the season, your river crew have just arrived in Marrakech to what we hear are sunny temperatures and plenty of snow in the mountains. Steve Hammond, has been to the river and says there are excellent levels, so get ready for some fun in the sun. Many of our guests have enjoyed tracking the crew on their trip to Morocco and you can still follow the progress of the trips on the river. The crew had plenty of adventures on the way to Morocco, including picking up some charity hitchhikers from Kings Medical College in London who were trying to get as far away from London as possible in 36 hours. They were collected near Dover in the UK and 36 hours later were dropped in Malaga Airport to get home! They could not believe their luck! Through Spain the crew experienced driving snow, so the welcome warmth of Morocco was pretty well received. Hope you can join them for a trip later on in the season, either rafting or kayaking, which runs through until June.
Like many of us, we all make resolutions at New Year to “do something new” or try something different this year. With January almost gone, how is your adventure planning going for 2013? We hope that this list of the world’s greatest river based adventures will stir you into action. 1: The Big One – The Mighty Zambezi: Simply the most fun, big water river trip in the world. The season to run the multi-day section of the Zambezi is from late July until November. The Zambezi, has the best and warmest whitewater on the planet. Trips range from 4-7 days and start under the magnificent Victoria Falls and conclude with a flight over them by helicopter before you are dropped at your hotel. Add a multitude of activities from luxury safari to relaxing in the Devils Pool. Stunning beaches to camp on, great weather… 2: The Classic – The Grand Canyon: It IS the most famous river trip in the world. And with good reason. Our rafts allow us access to this stunning place, where time feels like it stands still and you float beneath the canyon walls, with it’s shadows and “moods”. A trip down the Colorado River … Continue reading
Despite the Nyami Nyami giving us a little too much water for the beginning of the season, our first few trips have been fantastic! Having to get on at number 10 rather than number 1 didn’t stop Barbara and her family having loads of fun on our first Zambezi Blast trip to celebrate her 70th Birthday, under the watchful eye of Tembo they breezed all the way down to Moemba, no swims, loads of laughs, big smiles all round! We’ve sent three guides down to Zambia for the season his year, Steve from the UK, who’s fresh from our seasons in Morocco and Turkey, Andy from the US who you might have seen out in Morocco with us before, and was out on the Zambezi last year, and Anika, also from the US, proudly representing for the ladies and ripping it up in her kayak as well as in the rafts, they’re a great team and we’re really excited that they’ll be looking after you guys on each of our trips this season. Anika and Andy flew into town to guide our first seven day trip of the season, and were joined on the first few days by a fun … Continue reading
There’s one very simple answer to this question – the Çoruh. It’s fast and furious, but one of the gems of Eastern Europe for sure. On our ‘Paddling Playground’ trips you’ll get the chance to paddle the very best sections of the Çoruh as well as sampling the delights that the Barhal River has to offer too. This year is going to be very special in Turkey as it’s the last time that certain sections of the Çoruh will be free flowing due to the dam at Ispir nearing completion, so we’re planning on going out with a bang! Our rafting trips are almost all booked up now, and it would be great to know that we were able to share these beauties with as many kayakers as possible too. You’ll paddle the famous Yusefeli and Ispir Gorges, and throughout the trip find great play holes, surf waves and more white water than you can shake a stick at! A trip to Turkey isn’t all about the river though, there’s so much else to explore! Istanbul is a fascinating city, young and vibrant yet full of history, it’s definitely worth a stop over on your way through to Erzurum. All … Continue reading
Our team is now well and truly in the midst of our Morocco rafting season. But who rafts in Morocco and what different trips are on offer there? When many people picture Morocco, they think Sahara Desert and lets face it, the rafting wont be very good there! However Morocco is home to the Atlas Mountains and the wonderful rivers that feed from it. The best time to go to Morocco is in fact now in the spring when the run off is at it’s best, however rafting and kayaking can be done until late May when the Ahansel River gets too low to run. The Ahansel River is a perfect Grade 3 river, suitable for both first timers, families wanting to go rafting and seasoned rafters just wanting to go and explore a river off the beaten track. The river trips in Morocco are all of different lengths. Go for a “quick fix” and stay in our Berber Camps for just £210 for 3 days including a stop at Cascade D’Ouzoud, or take your time to raft the entire river from Cathedral to the lake on our Hidden Morocco trip. Water By Nature also offers kayaking trips for Grade … Continue reading
Leaving the snow on the ground in Leeds Andy and Gill arrived in Christchurch to find a beautiful and sunny 27 degree day to start their 14 day kayaking trip in New Zealand. Being greeted by JJ and Isaac we loaded boats and headed for hills in search of water. We arrived at the Hurunui and set up camp next to the crystal clear water in time to watch the sun dropping behind the hills and have a few of NZ’s famous beers and wine with a chicken curry before retiring for the night to the sound of the river. We woke in the morning with NZ’s weather living up to it’s unruly name greeting us with some fresh wind and rain threatening just to make the poms feel at home and it was time for our first paddle. The Hurunui, Maori gully section is a fun class 3 gorge with some great warm up rapids plenty of eddies to catch, waves to surf, with a couple of bigger rapids to keep you honest with high gorge walls above you. It is amazing to think the Maori used this gorge as a route to carry their green stone from coast … Continue reading